Obituary: Michael Wilford, the architect who shaped StoMarch 23, 2023
The world-famous British architect Michael Wilford died on 10 March 2023, at the age of 84. He leaves behind a legacy of colourful, award-winning post-modern architecture, including some of Sto’s most distinctive buildings.
In the 1990s, his Stuttgart-based practice Michael Wilford Architekten created a master plan for the Sto headquarters in Stühlingen Weizen, the prototype sales and distribution centre in Hamburg, and the iconic K Building – which stands proudly at the heart of the Sto campus. Each of these buildings continue to characterize the architectural and corporate identity of the Sto Group today.
Michael’s career began at the Northern Polytechnic School of Architecture (now part of London Metropolitan University), during which time he joined James Stirling’s practice in 1960. The pair went on to establish the Stirling/Wilford Partnership in 1971 where Michael continued to work until Stirling’s death in 1992. Some of the most famous buildings Michael worked on over his illustrious career include the Tomasek Polytechnic in Singapore, the State University of Music and Performing Arts Centre in Stuttgart, No1 Poultry in the City of London, the Tate Liverpool art gallery, and the British Embassy in Berlin.